NATIVE AMERICAN INDIANS

Native American Indians were the first people of America. There were about ten million Native Indians living in what is now North America. It is believed Indians came from Asia and travelled to America across a land bridge across the Bering Sound, arriving in Alaska.

TRIBES:

Abenaki:
The Abnaki Indians inhabited the areas now known as Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont.

Alabama:
The state of Alabama takes its name from this tribe.

Aleut:
Inhabitant of the Aleutian Islands and West Alaska.

Arapaho:
Originally lived in North Minnesota in the Red River Valley.

Arikara:
This Indian tribe lived in the banks of the upper Missouri River.

Assiniboin:
Indian Plains tribe.

Blackfeet aka Blackfoot:
These Native American Indians dyed their moccasins black, hence their name.

Caddo:
Their daily life was regulated by mostly by religeon.

Catawba:
Lived in area in South Carolina. Constantly at war with other Indians.

Cherokee:
Probably originated from Texas or North Mexico to the Great Lakes area, then to the Allegheny and Appalachian mountain regions of North Georgia and Alabama, North and South Carolina, Tennessee.

Cheyenne:
Originally from Minnesota, these Native American Indians eventually became nomadic buffalo hunters.

Chickasaw:
Lived in the North Mississippi area. Were constantly at war.

Choctaw:
Farmers who mostly lived in the area of Central and South Mississippi.

Comanche:
Excellent horsemen who adopted a plains excistence and were good at war.

Cree:
Eventually became the Plains Cree. Hunted buffalo.

Creek:
Because they often lived around creeks, the early white traders gave them the name.

Erie
Alarge tribe of Native American Indians that were almost totally killed off by the Iroquois.

Haida
Lived in large cedar plank type homes. materialistics tribe.

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Hidatsa:
Lived around the Missouri River in North Dakota.

Huron:
About 20,000 in numbers, the Huron lived in the area between Georgian Bay and Lake Simcoe in Ontario.

Kickapoo:
Lived in the SouthWest Wisconsin area in the 17th century.

Kootenai:
sometimes spelled Kootenay or Kutenai.

Mahican:
Indian Tribe of the Mahican Confederacy.

Makah:
Lived in Cape Flattery, NorthWest Washington.

Mandan:
The Mandan Indians believed that their ancestors had climbed on a Grapevine from beneath the Earth to above ground.

Menominee:
Also called the Menomini.

Modoc:
Fiercly independent Indian Tribe, they fought both the settlers and United States Army.

Mohave:
Mostly Farmers who lived along the river banks of the Colorado River in California and Arizona.

Mohegan:
Also called the Mohican. Lived in SouthWest Connecticut area.

Narragansett:
Large Indian Tribe that lived in the Rhode Island area in early 17th century.

Nootka:
A small tribe from British Columbia.

Osage:
A war type Tribe that at one stage allined with the French against other native tribes.

Oto:
Often called the Otoe.

Pawnee:
The Pawnee were divided into four groups: Grand, Skidi or Wolf, Republican, and Tapage.

Pennacook:
Native American Indians who in the early 17th century lived in parts of Massachusetts, Maine, and New Hampshire.

Penobscot:
Largest group of the Abnaki Confederacy.

Pequot:
A powerfull warlike Indian tribe that were eventually almost wiped out.

Ponca:
Originallt from the Ohio valley, but later moved to the Osage River.

Potawatomi:
Also spelled Pottawatomi, Potawatami, Pottawatami.

Pueblo:
Their name was given by the Spanish.

Seminole:
"Seminole" means wild or runaway. The U.S. Government fought three wars against the Seminole.

Shawnee:
Warlike Indian tribe that probably originated somewhere in the present state of Ohio. These days they are settled in reservations in Oklahoma.

Tlingit:
Also spelled Tlinket, Tlinget, Tlinkit. There are 14 divisions of this tribe.

Wampanoag:
Sometimes called the "Pokanoket".

Wichita:
Small Indian tribe that resides on a reservation in southern Oklahoma.

STATES WITH INDIAN NAMES:

Alabama - Thicket Clearers
Alaska - Great Land
Arizona - Young Spring
Arkansas - Down Stream People
Connecticut - Upon The Long Tidal River
Idaho - Sunrise, It Is Morning
Illinois - Great Men
Indiana - Land Of The Indians
Iowa - Beautiful Land
Kansas - People Of The South Wind
Kentucky - Hunting Ground
Dakota - Related People
Oregon - Beautiful Water
Massachusetts - Great Hill
Michigan - Great Lake
Mississippi - Father Of Water
Missouri - Town of Long Canoe People
Minnesota - Sky Tinted Water
Nebraska - Flat Water
Ohio - Great Valley
Oklahoma - Land Of Red Man
Texas - Tejas Or Allies
Tennessee - From Chief Tannassie
Utah - People of the Mountains
Wisconsin - Where Waters Gather
Wyoming - Great Plain

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